Royals beat reeling Twins 4-1 to complete three-game sweep

The Twins will open the 2023 season in Kansas City next March 30. That gives them — well, those who return — six months to forget the awfulness of this week’s visit to Kauffman Stadium.

Josh Winder allowed only three runs over six innings on Thursday, making him the second starter on their eight-game road trip to turn in a so-called quality start, but the Twins’ offense remained in its early-offseason slumber. The Royals homered twice, put up single runs in four different innings, and held the Twins to two paltry singles to complete a sweep of the three-game series with a 4-1 victory in Kansas City, Mo.

The lifeless loss completes a season-wrecking 1-7 road trip, the Twins’ first to include seven losses since they suffered three such calamities in 2018, and drops them four games below .500, at 73-77, for the first time this year. It also reduces their elimination number in the AL Central race to just three, with nearly two weeks left to play.

“[This is] probably as low on the scale you can imagine,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli lamented. “I don’t know how it could be more challenging for the group.”

Give it time. They have 12 more games, including another road trip, to find out. The Twins are 30-45 outside Minnesota now, and just 5-23 outside Target Field since July 28; they haven’t had a worse stretch of 28 road games since early in…

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